Earlier this week I bemoaned how being away from your child on their birthday or a holiday can be tough for divorced parents. While that’s true, I forgot to share another lesson. Even if you have to spend a special day apart, there’s NO reason you can’t celebrate on a different day. Not only can it be just as fun, but in some ways it can be more relaxing since you’re released from the expectations of the actual day.
Case in point: my son’s 14th birthday. Yes, we had to celebrate a couple days later since Ben was at his mom’s, but we still had a real party of it. After watching a sitcom almost a year earlier where the family was throwing pies in each other’s faces, Ben mentioned he’d like to get pieface for his birthday. I think what he really wanted was to throw pie in the face of his family. Nevertheless, I jotted it down on my tickler calendar, and surprised him with pie in the face for his 14th b-day.
As the pictures show, it doesn’t have to be your child’s actual birthday to have a special time and celebrate! Calendars can be great for keeping us on schedule, but don’t ever let them take control and give you a reason to not celebrate a special occasion. So whether you’re divorced parents or your kids are away at camp, go for it … a day, a week, a month later … it doesn’t matter. Become a pie face family like we did, or celebrate in some new, fun way. Whatever it is, just enjoy and have fun!
How do you like to celebrate with your family? Any fun ideas for us to try out? Or share some pictures of you getting pie in the face … come on … it’s fun! Here are a couple more of us.